Biographical Sketch

I am a Professor in the Center for Language Research (CLR) and the Graduate School of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Aizu (UoA). I have a Ph.D in Linguistics (phonetics) from the University of British Columbia (UBC), an M.A. in Teaching English as a Foreign/Second Language from the University of Birmingham (UoB), and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo (UW). My main research interests are speech production and L2 acquisition of pronunciation. Experimental phonetics - both articulatory and acoustic phonetics - underlies most of my work. Since 2000, I have specialized in using ultrasound as a tool to view and measure the tongue during speech. I am also interested in tracking the motion of articulators such as the lips and jaw, and I have used motion capture systems such as Optotrak and Vicon MX to do this. The CLR Phonetics Lab is where I do much of my research. In my teaching, I often make use of Moodle, an open source course management system. See my Moodle website here.

Image of ultrasound equipment at Aizu My specific research interests include Articulatory Settings (as seen through inter-speech rest posture) in monolinguals & bilinguals, and L1/L2 acquisition of phonology & phonetics (including using ultrasound for visual biofeedback of the tongue). My language interests are English, Japanese, French, & Nuuchahnulth (an indigenous language spoken on Vancouver Island).

Website last updated on January 14, 2014.